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Sony HDR-XR500
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Sony HDR-XR500 Camcorder

Digital Versus 5 Star
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Sony HDR XR500 (left) vs. Canon HF S100 (right)  Image stabilization comparison
Slow motion Sony HDR-XR500 Zeitlupen Test
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Sony HDR-XR500V XR500 Camcorder Unboxing

7 Reasons For

One Industry Award

One expert review site wrote that this video camera was good. This Sony camcorder received a "5 Star" award from Digital Versus.

Good Expert Reviews

Based on nine expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Digital Versus, Digitaltrends.com and techtree.com this Sony camcorder has an average expert rating of 87 out of 100. That puts this camcorder in the top 13% of all the similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Sony Camcorders Have Good Reviews

Based on 3,509 expert and user reviews, Sony has good reviews for its video cameras. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its camcorders compared to other manufacturers.

Good Product Quality

Some Sony HDR-XR500 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. Expert website Cnet.com mentioned seven years ago “The top-notch video quality, performance” in their review of the Sony HDR-XR500. In the same month Cnet.co.uk mentioned in their review on expert review site CNET.co.uk “The Sony Handycam HDR-XR500VE's top-notch video quality, performance and consumer-friendly feature set make it a worthy camcorder opt”.

Good Connectivity

A number of customers who bought this camcorder considered that it had gps. Seven years ago Cnet.com mentioned “A pair of hard-disk-based AVCHD camcorders that integrate the dual firsts of built-in GPS and a new Exmor-R back”.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who purchased the Sony HDR-XR500 mentioned that it had a good lens. Digitalversus.com wrote in their Sony HDR-XR500 review on Digital Versus “Its sensor has Exmor R CMOS technology that is supposed to improve sensitivity and the new G lens to give a better defined image”.

Good Technical Features

One person who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it had good features.

9 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

The HDR-XR500 is not Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of a similar type and age to the HDR-XR500 are also not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Sony HDR-XR500 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the HDR-XR500 also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The Sony HDR-XR500 does not have an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also do not have an HDMI port.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to the HDR-XR500, the HDR-XR500 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The HDR-XR500 does not have a built-in display, unlike most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the HDR-XR500 which have a built-in display.

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Not Waterproof

The HDR-XR500 is not waterproof. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the HDR-XR500 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The HDR-XR500 does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras of this type and age also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The HDR-XR500 does not have a built-in projector, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the HDR-XR500 also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

The HDR-XR500 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the HDR-XR500 are also not 3D compatible.

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1 Other reason to consider the Sony HDR-XR500

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sony released the HDR-XR500.

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1 Award

Digital Versus 5 Star

Expert Reviews

(9)
17 September 2009

No matter what the occasion a camcorder is your best bet at capturing that moment and preserving it for ever. With the Diwali vacations fast approaching, we are sure many of you are planning a... Read more…

2 July 2009

Though their geotagging capabilities are mostly novelty and their interfaces could use a complete overhaul, the top-notch video quality, performance, and consumer-friendly feature sets of the Sony...

1 July 2009

Despite the fact that its geotagging capabilities are mostly a novelty and its interface could use a complete revamp, the Sony Handycam HDR-XR500VE's top-notch video quality, performance and...

19 May 2009

Digital Versus

The XR500 is the new Rolls from Sony for filming in high definition. Its sensor has Exmor R CMOS technology that is supposed to improve sensitivity and the new G lens to give a better defined... Read more…

Have tape- and DVD-based camcorders gone the way of the VCR and the cassette Walkman? It sure looks that way, as we?re pretty hard-pressed to find a super cool model featuring those media types.... Read more…

Le HDR-XR500 est sans doute le meilleur caméscope HD à ce niveau de prix. Sony a intégré de réels progrès comme la sensibilité ou le stabilisateur d'image. On pourra utiliser l'appareil...

6 July 2009

Auch wenn die Geotagging-Fähigkeiten keinen revolutionären Durchbruch darstellen und das Menüsystem eine komplette Überarbeitung vertragen könnte, überzeugt der XR500 dennoch durch eine...

Hobbyfilmer wissen in Zukunft nicht mehr nur wann, sondern auch wo sie ihre Videos gedreht haben - dafür sorgt das in der XR-Serie integrierte GPS-Modul. Außerdem neu ist der CMOS-Bildsensor... Read more…

22 January 2010

La Sony HDR-XR500VE è una videocamera digitale compatta di elevata qualità, in grado di assicurare filmati video Full HD e foto ad altissima risoluzione. Da sottolineare l’hard disk interno...

Compact, full HD recording, superb price, stylish, swivel touchscreen controls, optical viewfinder, excellent build, crisp image quality, crystal clear sound, smooth and silent optical zoom, good batt
SteadyShot
Infrared night-vision
12 MP stil
First-rate video quality and performance
No carry pouch, a bit heavy, touchscreen controls may be difficult to use
Annoying menu system
No wind filter
No manual shutter-speed, iris, or audio controls
Relatively big and heavy

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers hdrxr500, hdrxr500e
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